Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Learning Moments

University is about learning. Make no mistake about it - for those who choose to spend four or more years of their lives toiling away writing an endless stream of exams, term papers and assignments, University is a place where much is learned.

Not just in the classroom though. University is the place where many young men and women also learn to take responsibility for themselves and their actions. Whether it is the choice to attend a lecture (or not), or to work during the school year to pay for sundries like food, choices and trade-offs must be made. Sometimes, one gets it right; other times, well, it's a miss; and hopefully, the misses aren't too disastrous.

Such is the case today for Campus Pro Life.

They made their choices, and now the consequences are coming home to roost. They chose to be confrontational and uncompromising. Now they are facing consequences from all sides - the UofC itself has asked that trespass charges be laid; and the Student's Union has now voted to sanction the group as well.

I'm not feeling overly sympathetic to Campus Pro Life's position in this matter. Not because I disagree with their philosophy, but because they chose this path in the full knowledge that it could have serious implications for them.

They now collectively find themselves on the receiving end of quite a life lesson - I hope that they learn it well.


Anonymous said...

I would have thought you'd be the first person to champion freedom of speech.

To be frank, I find much of your blog offensive. This being said, I'd defend to the death your right to say as you wish. It is basic freedom of speech.

Perhaps the U of C should learn this lesson!

MgS said...

As I have pointed out in numerous places before, freedom of speech is not an absolute right.

If you find my blog offensive, go read something that doesn't offend your sensibilities.

As far as I'm concerned, Campus Pro Life has conducted themselves very poorly in this matter, and that doesn't buy a whole lot of sympathy.

Co-opting one of the darkest chapters in human history for political purposes is disrespectful of the victims of that era, and is the kind of jingoistic argument that has no intellectual merit.

Anonymous said...

If those nut cases are so damned concerned about abortions, I'd suggest that they would be better off handing out free condoms and lube in front of their Catholic Churches.

But what the hell do I know? I'm still trying to figure out why it's ok to ordain Nazis, but not ordain women.

I'm becoming more convinced than ever that there is NO GOD, because if there was one, He or She would send Jesus back to seriously kick some ass!